Prison Break

When Prison Break started there was something novel about the show, a white-knuckle thriller set in very confined spaces, featuring a brilliant young man, Michael (Wentworth Miller), who robbed a bank just so that he could be sent to the same prison where his brother (Dominic Purcell) was waiting to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Michael intended to spring him out (the elaborate tattoo on his body was actually a map), but there were constant obstacles. The first season was incredibly tense, the second a natural follow-up… but the third became too repetitious and the fourth lost its way completely. Still, inventive on occasion, with a good cast, especially Robert Knepper as a Southern slime ball.

2005-2009:U.S. Made for TV. 81 episodes. Color. Created by Paul Scheuring. Theme: Ramin Djawadi. Cast: Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi), Robert Knepper, Amaury Nolasco, Wade Williams (05-08), William Fichtner (06-09), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (07-09), Robin Tunney (05-06), Robert Wisdom (07-08), Danay Garcia (07-08), Marshall Allman (05-07), Rockmond Dunbar (05-07), Paul Adelstein (05-07), Peter Stormare (05-06).

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